Eight Extra-Base Hits Carry Wonder Boys

Arkansas Tech notched a season-high eight extra-base hits in a 14-9 non-conference baseball victory over the Northeastern State RiverHawks in Tahlequah, Okla., on Tuesday.

The Wonder Boys (8-5) hit four doubles, two triples and two home runs off eight different Northeastern State pitchers as Arkansas Tech won for the fifth time in its last six games.

The RiverHawks (0-12) led 6-0 after three innings, but the Wonder Boys put a two-out rally together in the top of the fourth.

A two-run double by Josh Riley, a three-run home run by Nate Wilder and a solo home run Chris Reese allowed Tech to tie the score at 6-6.

Northeastern State scored in the last of the fourth to reclaim the lead at 7-6, but the Wonder Boys pulled even again in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Matt Johnson.

Arkansas Tech took the lead for good one inning later when Colt Loehrs tripled to left center and scored on a throwing error. That made it 8-7 Wonder Boys, and Tech added three insurance runs in both the eighth and ninth innings to pull away.

Loehrs was 4-for-5 with two runs scored. He leads the Wonder Boys in batting average (.489), home runs (4) and runs batted in (13) this season.

Johnson and Nick Makris added two hits apiece on Tuesday. Johnson drove in three. Danny Higginbotham had two RBIs for Arkansas Tech.

Todd Immell (1-0) was the winning pitcher. He allowed two runs on one hit in one and two-thirds innings of relief.

The Wonder Boys will host Lambuth University for a three-game series on Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6. First pitch will be 1 p.m. both days. Admission to Tech Field in Russellville will be free.

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